Always learning – Stack Overflow Blog

Over the past quarter, I obtained again on the street, talking at Dublin Tech Summit in Eire and The Subsequent Internet Convention in Amsterdam. I related with builders, managers, administrators, VPs, CTOs, and CIOs at a few of the world’s largest organizations. Lots of the individuals I met had been group members, like long-time Stack Overflow contributor Jon Skeet. We mentioned every little thing from the overuse of phrases like digital transformation to the affect of machine studying and synthetic intelligence throughout organizations to blockchain to main tech transformations and the challenges of studying in distributed work (and college!) environments. One thread that runs via each dialog is that we’re all all the time studying.

The Stack Overflow CEO Prashanth Chandrasekar speaking at a conference.

It’s been a busy quarter for the corporate, too. We celebrated a handful of massive milestones during the last three months. We added a new Chief Technology Officer, Jody Bailey, to our management workforce, introduced Stack Overflow for Teams entering the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, launched thrilling initiatives like Staging Ground, and launched insights from this 12 months’s Developer Survey. In our annual survey, we flip to the developer group to study what’s vital to them, what they wish to study, and what traits will affect the way forward for tech. This 12 months, we compiled responses from over 73,000 builders everywhere in the world. An enormous thanks to everybody who shared their expertise with us. I discovered loads from this 12 months’s survey outcomes, a few of which I unpack under.

The header image from the developer survey post that reads 2022 Developer Survey - the results are in!

Context is vital

This 12 months’s Developer Survey insights included some stunning findings. Median salaries elevated about 23% between 2021 and 2022. Apparently sufficient, a few of the oldest languages command the very best salaries. Why? Context is vital. A few of the world’s largest organizations, from monetary establishments to NASA, rely closely on older languages as a result of they nonetheless function foundational infrastructure.

As individuals get jobs at massive organizations, studying older languages will present them the context they should code, evolve, and innovate in these environments. This all obtained me serious about the low-code, no-code motion, and significantly AI-powered programming assistants like GitHub’s Copilot. There are many advantages to low-code platforms. Extra particularly, it makes constructing know-how extra accessible to so many individuals. As we glance in direction of the longer term, we’ll see extra individuals creating know-how than ever earlier than, however the want for context will undoubtedly stay constant.

No-code instruments aren’t truly with out code, code is simply not required to make use of it. Folks study coding languages and frameworks as they construct, as a result of with out context, know-how will break. Equally, code suggestion instruments, educated on billions of traces of code, will nonetheless all the time require verification and affirmation (identical to copying and pasting code discovered on-line). In some unspecified time in the future, not studying the basics goes to meet up with builders counting on shortcuts. Builders that make the selection to study will rise to the highest.

Fueling the subsequent technology of coders

Simply because the methods individuals construct know-how are reworking, the best way everyone seems to be studying is shifting as properly. Over 70% of developers learn to code from online resources, up 10% from 2021. With extra individuals studying as they construct, it’s much more important to make studying sources accessible at each stage of somebody’s studying journey. Getting individuals the solutions they want after they want them. At Stack Overflow, we name it real-time or just-in-time studying.

Graph: The next generation of technologists are defaulting to real-time learning. Technical documentation
Stack Overflow
How-to videos
Written Tutorials
Video-based Online Courses
Online books
Online forum
Written-based Online Courses
Coding sessions (live or recorded)
Interactive tutorial
Online challenges (e.g., daily or weekly coding challenges)
Certification videos
Programming Games
Auditory material (e.g., podcasts)

As we welcome a whole bunch of hundreds of individuals to Stack Overflow’s public platform each month, we acknowledge we have now to proceed to spend money on making it welcoming and inclusive. Over the previous few months, we began engaged on new tasks like Staging Ground to enhance the onboarding expertise for these new to the general public platform and enhance the standard of first questions. Testing and research is showing positive signs that this can assist coach new customers in the right way to ask nice questions whereas additionally guaranteeing that different members of the group taking up a few of the burden of teaching and onboarding new members have the instruments to take action.

It’s been virtually a 12 months since we launched Collectives™ on Stack Overflow, which connects builders with know-how maintainers and specialists to get verified solutions. One 12 months later, engagement for customers that be part of a Collective elevated about 30% throughout related tags. The latest Collective, WSO2, launched in June.

Studying at work

Alternatives to study and develop are vital to retaining expertise. Over 50% of developers say opportunities to learn are important to them when evaluating present and future employers. This is among the causes we have now a Studying & Improvement price range for each single Stack worker that can be utilized for every little thing from on-line programs to in-person conferences. (We’re hiring, too.) The Developer Survey additionally revealed that nearly half of all respondents report that knowledge silos stop them from getting concepts from throughout the group and that ready for solutions to questions usually causes interruptions and disrupts their workflow.

A graph about how often people encounter knowledge silos at work.

One of many prices of a number of questions is that just about half of respondents spend greater than half-hour a day answering questions, some greater than an hour a day. Continuously, these are questions already requested and answered beforehand. For a workforce of fifty builders, that can add up to 278-568 hours of time simply answering questions per week.

A quote: “We had a lot of repeated questions, for my team in particular. And we found that we had a couple of teammates who spent a significant amount of their time just fielding questions from other mobile engineers… And a lot of the time they were just responding with links because other people couldn’t find the links.”
Lily Chen, Android engineer at Dropbox
From our Dropbox case study.

Just like the general public platform, we’re persevering with to spend money on methods to make sure we’re serving to individuals get the solutions they want after they want them at work. We noticed a 229% enhance in Microsoft Groups integrations throughout the Enterprise tier of Stack Overflow for Groups in 2021. Immediately, 60% of professional developers are using Microsoft Teams or Slack. Our deep integrations with Slack and Microsoft Groups, along with becoming a member of the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, cut back disruptions and assist technologists keep in a circulation state.

​​We additionally launched an Enhanced Dashboard for Stack Overflow for Teams that provides customers a extra holistic view of how the data sharing and collaboration platform is utilized inside their group. The brand new dashboard uncovers what tags are utilized most (or least), what questions and articles have been seen essentially the most, what this info means by way of focus areas in your group, and extra. You should utilize these insights to grasp the place your group has potential data gaps, friction factors, or alternatives to supply centered coaching.

A screenshot of the enhanced dashboard for Stack Overflow for Teams

Studying at Stack Overflow

Each three months, we take time to mirror on what labored, what didn’t work, the place we have to double down, and the place we have to focus as an organization. Whereas we’re extremely lucky to expertise development and success, it’s additionally a time for us to study from others. We’re persevering with to develop our workforce and make the most of out there expertise. As I discussed earlier, for those who’re desirous about studying about any of our open roles, please go to our careers page.

As an organization, we reserve time to mirror on how we’re empowering studying inside our personal group. Studying, to us, isn’t restricted to applied sciences and instruments. Stackers, myself included, gathered for a visitor speak from stress and self-care knowledgeable Cheya Thousand, GLAAD board member and inclusion knowledgeable Ashley T. Brundage, in addition to panels that includes our personal Stackers on the subjects of allyship, the Asian and Pacific Islander expertise, and extra. Listening to tales from Stackers and exterior friends helps us frequently study from these round us and higher place us to create instruments and options which are inclusive and accessible to all.

There may be a lot work to do, and we have now an unlimited alternative at Stack Overflow to affect a extra inclusive and various tech business. The best way the general public platform is democratizing data and Stack Overflow for Groups is doing the identical inside firms is just the start. Scaling material specialists throughout organizations and the broader web whereas eradicating limitations of entry for technical studying is how we’ll win, collectively.

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